Each year, many domestic violence survivors seek help from organizations across the nation.
The Allstate Foundation, a non-profit, is helping support local and state services through the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge.
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) is joining hundreds of groups that are participating in the fundraiser, which ends on October 31.
ACTS’ domestic violence services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling and an 18-bed shelter.
The funds collected in the challenge will be used to provide food, transportation, shelter and childcare to survivors, according to a release.
“The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is a crucial fundraising initiative for our organization as the donations are vital to our efforts to help as many women and families affected by violence as we can,” ACTS DV Community Educator Linda Neice said in a release. “With the collective community rallying behind our organization now and throughout the year, it also shows survivors that they’re not alone in their journeys to break the cycle of abuse.”
ACTS has competed one other time since the challenge began in 2014. It raised $1,500, which was used to serve survivors in the Prince William County area.
In addition to collecting funds that with help county residents, the Dumfries-based non-profit has a chance to win grand prizes.
The non-profit that raises the most in their division could receive as much as $100,000.
Those interested in supporting ACTS can donate at the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge website.
Several resources are available for survivors.
Individuals who have been impacted by domestic violence can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or contact ACTS’ Domestic Violence Hotline at 703-221-4951.
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